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Paul Goes Fishing (Paul #5)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  646 ratings  ·  69 reviews
"Free of self-loathing . . . [Rabagliati's] black-and-whie panels eschew half-tones for a spirited line." --Voice Literary Supplement



This fourth installment in Michel Rabagliati's semiautobiographical series finds Paul settling comfortably into adult life, occasional twinges of anxiety aside. His graphic design business has taken off, his partner, Lucie, is pregnant, it's
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Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 18th 2008 by Drawn and Quarterly (first published 2006)
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Abby
Jul 01, 2008 Abby rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: comix
Further proof that Michel Rabagliati is one of the most gifted storytellers & illustrators working in the comics biz today. The story picks up not long after "Paul Moves Out" leaves off, with Paul and his wife Lucie headed out to the countryside to spend a week with his sister-in-law and her family at a lakeside cabin, where Paul goes fishing and reflects on his teenage years and impending fatherhood. As in the previous volumes, story is not the key appeal -- not much happens but life itself ...more
Oscar
Cette BD est la deuxième que je lis de la série de Paul par Rabagliati. Si vraiment Paul est l'alter-ego de l'auteur, il faut dire que Rabagliati a eu une vie crissement intéressante. Malgré le titre, l'histoire n'est pas centrée sur la pêche (tant mieux pour moi, car je partage l'avis de Paul sur la pêche et la chasse). D'un point de vue artistique et littéraire, j'ai trouvé cette histoire aussi bien que Paul à Québec (la première de la série que j'ai lue), pourtant les sujets qu'elle aborde ne ...more
Vicky
Pourquoi est-ce que j'aime autant Rabagliati? Tout d'abord. Il est sympa! Ensuite, à chaque fois, indépendamment, je m'enfonce les deux pieds profondément dans ses romans et j'en émerge à la toute fin, satisfaite avec un sentiment d'appartenance inébranlable. Romans, oui vous avez bien lu, j'ai écrit roman car avec Rabagliati c'est bien de celà qu'il s'agit! C'est un exemple parfait de ce qu'est un roman graphique, parce qu'on a beau aimer la BD, Rabagliati ça se lit comme un roman...

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Chris
I'm a tremendous fan of Michel Rabagliati and was looking forward to reading a new Paul book. Loosely autobiographical, Paul Goes Fishing details Paul and his wife Lucie's first pregnancy woes, mostly against the backdrop of a fishing vacation in Quebec.

Rabagliati weaves several themes throughout Paul Goes Fishing: the sacrifices and practicalities of parenthood, a nostalgia for a less technologically advanced world, and an abiding appreciation for the natural world. His storytelling here is pl
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Joy
I was looking for a graphic novel that would reveal the experience of characters in another culture. Even though Paul Goes Fishing is set right next door in Canada, Rabagliati's Quebec is rich, distinctive, and memorable. As an urbanite out of place in the north woods, Paul himself is undergoing a bit of culture shock as he plunges into the world of die-hard fishermen. In addition to learning how to cast a fly, he also learns about Louis Cyr, the "strongest man in the world" and an exalted Quebe ...more
Nadmor
Jun 15, 2009 Nadmor added it
Je suis en train de relire tous les Paul.

Paul à la pêche est une véritable réussite, tant au plan du scénario que des dessins. Les histoires sont très prenantes et elles savent soulever plusieurs émotions.
Jack Cheng
Michel Rabagliati got a glowing review in Slate.com and so I picked up this volume of fictionalized autobiography. Slate was right -- he's great.

Paul is 30 and his wife is pregnant. They spend a vacation with her sister and their brother-in-law.

Also, Paul reflects on running away, his parents, the nature of hunting in the modern age, the time he and his father faced death together, the joy and tragedy of pregnancy, the corporatization of industry and the computerization of art, faith, the cruel
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Samantha
A character driven graphic novel series focused on a average, good-spirited man named Paul. In this installment Paul and his wife are preparing for the birth of their first child. They take a holiday in mid-July to go fishing, though Paul learns that fishing, hunting etc aren't the kinds of sports he believed them to be.

When Lucie miscarries the course of the book changes. The couple struggle with another miscarriage before seeking out fertility treatments. The emotional journey the couple endu
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Michelle Lynne Widmann
I quite enjoyed reading this graphic novel, though it wasn't one of my favourites. The story was interesting and had some great little moments, for instance when he talks about Apple products and how they're made not to last so people can buy more. I also liked some of the sadder moments. To me, Paul Goes Fishing was a good read with an interesting story, which actually read like a collection of tales from the lives of the people on this fishing trip. As an entire work, I'm not sure what exactly ...more
Carolina
Originally posted at:A Girl that Likes Books

What's the book about? Paul, our "hero", is a graphic artist, and as you may imagine he goes fishing. But this trip has a lot more of meaning. The whole family vacation is sprinkled with back stories of the other characters and some heart breaking situations with his girlfriend Lucie.

What was different of this book? To begin with, is the first "comic" book that I added to my reviews. Is not the first one that I have read off course, but is the first o
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Brad
Jun 15, 2008 Brad rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people that like comics
Shelves: comics
This book isn't about fishing, but it is really, really good. It's the best comic I've read this year (and better than most stuff from 2007).
Michel Rabagliati's proxy character Paul's a bit more grown up than in Paul Moves Out. He and his partner are expecting their first kid, and are celebrating their fortune with a summer vacation to a fishing resort (though they don't even own a fishing rod). The first three quarters of the book are filled with meandering tangents that at first seem like unn
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David Schaafsma
The best of the three I have read, the most complex in terms of the art and story. It feels a bit more ambitious, less "focused" in terms of narration, with flashbacks, different tones, more precision. I am led after reading all these three in a short time, close together, to rethink the first one about summer camp, which after getting to know Paul, I feel I like a bit better. The Paul stories work like an autobiography, in novel form, and most of the telling is not dramatic, not the kind of rev ...more
Cindy
Another of Rabaliagit’s work in the Paul series, Paul Gets a Summer Job, was the first graphic novel I’d ever read, so obviously his work has a special place in my heart. The plots of his four Paul books all involve putting Paul in a particular situations in life, and telling a story from there, in this case on a fishing trip with his wife and sister-in-law’s family. Although in this one Paul is now a grown man, there is still a distinct sense of growing up and learning (at one point he talks ab ...more
Chris Aylott
Rabagliati's autobiographical alter ego "Paul" is 30 in this installment, taking a holiday fishing trip on his way to becoming a father. The plot is light and wanders quite a bit through a series of flashbacks and memories, but it all fits together into an emotionally powerful story at the end. I love Rabagliati's art style too, especially his lovingly detailed little drawings of the woods and the camp surroundings.
Brandy
While this volume has the emotional depth of previous entries in the series, the title is misleading--Paul Has a Summer Job was about Paul's summer job; Paul Moves Out was similarly exactly what you'd expect. In this case, Paul's fishing trip isn't the point of the story do much as an opportunity for Paul to reminisce about his teen years and reflect on what his life was like. His conclusions are sweet, heartwarming, and ... generous? somehow, in how he views--and viewed--his family, even his pa ...more
Matti Karjalainen
Kanadanranskalaisen Michel Rabagliatin "Paul Goes Fishing" on ilmeisesti osin omaelämäkerrallinen sarjakuvaromaani kahden pariskunnan kesälomamatkasta quebecilaisen järven rannalle.

Nimestään huolimatta albumi ei kerro kalastamisesta, vaikka sitäkin sivutaan; keskeisimmiksi teemoiksi kohoavat vanhemmuus ja lapsettomuus, ja oman osansa saavat myös globalisaatio ja työkulttuurin muutos. Tarinassa merkittävää osaa näyttelevät myös erilaiset takaumat ja muistot lapsuudesta ja nuoruudesta.

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Yves
Paul et sa copine Lucie attendent un enfant. C'est le bonheur dans le couple et c'est le temps des vacances. La belle-soeur de Paul décide d'inviter le couple dans une pourvoirie pour pêcher. Le bonheur est bien vite fini lorsque Lucie perd son bébé.

J'ai été surpris par cette bande dessinée. Je m'attendais à des histoires de jeunesse de Paul lorsqu'il allait à la pêche avec sa famille. On a plus droit à une histoire sur la maternité/paternité à venir du couple. On les suit dans leur chemin diffi
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Apr 04, 2008 Planet of the Books www.planetofthebooks.com rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 20-30 somethings
Similar in emotional impact to the Catcher ‘N the Rye novel that Paul, the main character, affectionatelyA46dd71cb9305b clutches to, Paul Goes Fishing is subtle and understated. Yet, it reveals deep truths of life with a power that is probably only truly felt days after completing the final page. Michel Rabagliati returns us to the life of Paul for the fourth time, taking Paul out into the country for a fishing holiday. The action and story line itself is straightforward, clearing the way for Ra ...more
Nicholas Siebers
Peaceful story, that ends up much deeper and more touching than I expected at the beginning. The best of his books i have read so far.
Kara
The graphic novel Paul Goes Fishing by Michel Rabagliati follows the life of Paul from Paul Has Summer Job and Paul Moves Out who is now married and expecting his first child with his wife, Lucie. While Paul vacations with his in-laws on a camping trip he begins to reflect on his childhood, his romance with his lovely wife, and all the responsiblites and lessons to come when his child is born. Beautifully illustrated and wonderfully told tale of the male side of the ups and downs of growing up, ...more
Carlos Úbeda
Agradable "slice of life" con un bonito dibujo tipo línea clara.
Sandrine
Bande dessinée - le titre est trompeur...traite de thèmes sérieux dans l´humour.
Carolyn Johle
This was honestly one of the best things I've ever read. So touching, simple, sad and beautiful. I loved this book and I want to read more
Adrienne
This book is so touching and real.
Jen
um. so I totally bawled reading this, maybe that's tmi. The art is very well done, gorgeous design. This book is part of a series, 4th? maybe?, but it did excellent as a standalone. discusses miscarriages, faith, hard work, animal cruelty, environmentalism, and a traumatic childhood experience. I wish we owned this in our system so I could recommend it to people.
Markku Kesti
Paul kalastaa on nimenä niukan harhaanjohtava, sillä kirja kertoo enemmän lomasta jolla Paulin siipan siskonmies käyttää lomansa rajattomalla intohimolla kalastukseen. Tarina lipuu Paulin kesäloman kuvauksen, puolison raskauden ja menneisyyden takautumien kautta eteenpäin ja kertoo tiettävästi ainakin kohtalaisen rehellistä omaeläkerrallista tarinaa Rabagliatista.Neljän ja puolen tähden tarinaa nuoren miehen kasvamisesta perheelliseksi ja työtätekeväksi aikuiseksi. Hienoa sarjakuvaa.
Emilia P
I liked this, a lot.
I share many values with Paul, and the story telling in the Paul books is rich and complex without being confusing or overdone.

I loved the undercurrent of parents and children running through the book, especially when Paul remembers a childhood fishing trip with his father gone wrong.

Great illustrations, as always, simple but completely expressive.

That said, it's time to put a moratorium on anything to do with babies. Babies, geesh.
George
This semiautobiographical graphic novel is all about family. The first storyline recounts a vacation to a cabin in the woods; the second concerns the travails of the author and his wife as they attempt to conceive (she has two miscarraiges). The main character, Paul, is free of the existential hate/self-pity common in graphic novel memoirs, where the protagonist is either a misunderstood misfit and/or an exotic bird in a world full of crows.
Richard
The main story line is great, but what really got to me are all the amazing tangents Rabagliati takes. Among these is a concise critique of the ubiquity of computers in just about all areas of life. I read that part during my lunch on one of the rare sunny afternoons we've had lately. It just about killed me to have to return to a windowless room and stare at a computer screen for the rest of the work day.
Aurora
He is so good at this. The pace, the rhythm- it's really perfect. And in a story that can appear directionless, he never loses track of his forward momentum.

I really love the story, too. It's about becoming a grownup, and how it isn't always as easy as blithely deciding to. In some ways, what I got from the story is that life isn't a story, that things happen that aren't fair, and don't seem right.
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